Life is full of strange surprises, especially when it comes to hair. As people age, they usually end up with more hair in places they don’t want and less hair in places they do. Luckily, modern science has developed technology specifically for laser hair removal.

With laser hair removal technology, a beam of light is emitted that passes through the skin to target the pigment of the hair. This light energy is converted to heat energy to destroy the hair follicle and its origin. The laser pulses on and off quickly so no heat spreads to surrounding skin structures in order to minimize the risk of scarring.

The ideal candidate for laser hair reduction has light skin with dark hair; with this combination, the maximum amount of energy is directed to destroying the hair follicle with minimal absorption by the outer layers of the skin. Darker skinned patients with dark hair can be successfully treated but will usually require more treatments with more conservative energy settings. Unfortunately, lasers are ineffective in treating light colored hair or peach fuzz; other technologies are currently being investigated to remove light colored hair, but they are still off on the horizon.

In our office, men and women typically seek treatment for different areas. Women usually seek treatment for any facial hair, armpits, legs, and bikini area, while men often seek treatment for hairy backs and shoulders. Most people will require at least 3 treatments spaced about 8 weeks apart. Depending on how your body processes the laser treatment, some people may require more treatment than others. Please note that it is extremely important to seek treatment in an experienced facility under supervision of a qualified doctor.

For more information on laser hair removal or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (925) 838-4900!